Saturday, October 22, 2011

The 40 percent: Does sex tourism exist in the Philippines?

"No matter how we try to ignore the problem of sex tourism, we cannot close our eyes to what is going on. How can we be so blind not to see the reasons that drive many of our women as well as men to sell their bodies for sex? Isn’t it easy to see?"

Read more: Efren N. Padilla, GMA News Blog

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Filipino Christian Blog: "Face to Face" With Pinoy Reality TV

I don't need to watch TV5's Face to Face everyday to find out what it's all about. It is obviously the Filipino version of The Jerry Springer Show. Amy Perez is the host or referee of the popular daily talk show also referred to as the only "talakserye" on Philippine television. As expected, everything that made The Jerry Springer Show a US hit is also on its Pinoy counterpart: guests vents their ire on each other, punching, hair-pulling and throwing bleeped invectives, slippers and sometime chairs at each other- a "palengkerafest" (minus Annabelle Rama) or a Barangay hall on TV (see embedded video below- WARNING: there is foul language in the video).

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Magic of Family Dinners

Filipino Dad Blog: Statistics are clear, children who dine with their parents are healthier and happier students, which is why the activity should remain a daily tradition in the Philippines.

The Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day was formed in 2008 to encouraged Filipino parents to eat dinner with their children regularly and be involved in their live. The annual event is celebrated every 4th Monday of September.

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise (Deut. 6:7 ESV). Create a heritage for your family by eating together every day.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Filipino Christian Blog: Imelda Marcos and the Ampatuans

The most read article I had on this blog site was the article I posted on the 2009 Maguindanao massacre and the disappearance of Conjugal Dictatorship author and former Ferdinand Marcos right-hand Primitivo Mijares. The Al Jazeera documentary Imelda and Me by Filipino international journalists Veronica Pedrosa also linked and compared the Marcos's to the Ampatuans of Maguindanao province.